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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Oct 12, 2012 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question For Matrix Makers/Audio Editors

Yep, Matt Smith definitely did an excellent job for us when he transferred my 1973 tapes of GD shows recently. The digital sound quality of my old tapes is much better. And these tapes sound very clear now. This is not the only big improvement. Tape damage was present on my 39-year-old cassette tapes. His Nakamichi's playbacks of my tapes had much better tape-handling (due to the dual capstans) than my old Nak did (single capstan). Matt's tape-handling improvement decreased the amount of audio output flaws caused by tape wrinkles and tape curls. The dual capstans caused "flattening the tape out" as it passed over the playback head.

Re: June 9, 1973

I matrixed this show a year ago. Since then, my AUDs of June 9 have been transferred by Matt Smith, and they sound much better now.

The tape speed has changed again. Matt Smith's Nak deck played back my AUDs at a different speed than my Nak did. Pitch correction needs to be done again for a new matrix.

Also, PITB needs to be fixed. I was unable to match sources after 9:28; my matrix is SBD only after 9:28. The jamming was too complex for me to find matching "in" points after the 9:28 mark.
Re: June 10, 1973
Kevin Tobin matrixed this show a couple of years ago. Ditto the improvements to my AUD since then due to Matt Smith's transfer. Pitch correction needs to be done again for a new matrix. Personally, If I matrixed this show, I would mix the AUD level up a bit more (closer to the SBD level - like the way I mixed June 9).
Re: July 31, 1973
As far as I am aware, there is no SBD tapes that exist for this date. My AUD is missing reel 2, and I doubt if I will ever be able to find it. Matt Smith transfers sound great.
Re: Aug 1, 1973
No one has matrixed the tapes for this show. I have no idea what this matrix would sound like. Matt Smith transfers sound great.
At this point, I can't possibly thank Matt Smith enough for what he has done for all of us. Thank You!! I sent him another box of 28 tapes, including some uncirculated shows. He now has all the master tapes of my Americana recordings from 1974 to 1984!!! I sent them to him after he transferred my GD tapes. I hesitate to mention this because he is getting burnt out (and that's not fair, imo). I don't care how long he takes to transfer them. And just to remind him of this, I filled up an 8GB iPod with tapes from the LMA, 1000 GD photos sorted by year, and some movies, and then I sent it to him two weeks ago! I'm in it for the long haul. These vintage tapes of mine will circulate for posterity. Thanks Matt for helping out! You're the man! And thanks to the other kind people who made similar transfer offers to me at Lossless Legs! Thank You!